year of birth: 1978
Q1: When did you start making art?
I´ve started making art like many artists very early on. It is a common theme that accompanied all stages of my life so far, so it is not easy to make out when it all began. However, I gave myself an extra-occupational study at the arts center IBKK in Bochum/Germany back in 2002 and a year after graduation I started to work freelance as illustrator, which is the profession I still do and enjoy since 5 years.
Q2: What does inspire you?
I´m inspired by many things; fellow artists, everyday things, nature, structures, chaos and the female form.
Q3: What are your techniques?
I work mostly digital in Photoshop these days, but if time or the project allows, I love to combine it with sculpture, traditional painting, 3D-design, fractal art and photography.
Q4: What is the main idea or feeling behind your works?
A message of unity. We are all equal yet we do judge others by their face, origin, gender, whatsoever. My personal works sometimes show disgusting things with a beautiful twist, or vice versa. What the viewer sees is actually part of themselves. If they feel frightened, they´ve just not accepted that part of themselves yet.
Q5: What is the main color of your art and why?
There is probably a visible tendency to the color violet. Actually I don´t know, I love contrasts, for me it is the perfect symbiosis of cold and warm color and I enjoy artworks that make use of this color on the exact edge between cold and warm.
Q6: What would you improve about your work and why?
I improve everyday – I´m a student. Nothing particularily that I can point out but it sums up in the end. I found out that routine is the most harmful thing that can happen. If you don´t change something every day, you´ll end up sleeping your whole life.
Q7: Do you have any project for the future?
Many! There re existing series, like the pinup series “Fantasio Girls” and the “Transgenetic Metahuman”, but also new series like “Skull:z & Idols” and the “Asterion Tarot”. The Skull:z project is about skullified depiction of celebrities and fictional characters and in the Asterion Tarot I will create my favorite Tarot-Cards. Not that I´m overly esotheric, but there´s something about the interpretation that goes beyond mythology, fantasy or science fiction that I really like.
Q8: Describe yourself with 3 words capturing the essence of fantasio.
Inspirational, prolific, sophisticated
Q9: Show us (link) your very first work. Describe it from techniques till feelings.
Honestly I probably can´t show my very first work, because I don´t know which one it would be. However, I have one, which I believe, laid down the path around which I evolved: HERE The technique combined photography with collage and painting. Feelings I processed in this work were definitely isolation and a fight against the (art) world, typical post-teenager feelings.
Q10: What did change from your first work till now?
Technique and mindset. Since a year now I´ve a lectureship in digital painting, so that explains that technically a lot has happened. While the very first works show signs of slugishness and poor composition (including text, etc) the mindset was different; I thought a digital work has to be created in half the time of a traditional work and general perception of my future were relatively dark. Today, I´d say I´m the complete opposite, I cherrish life, love to spend hours on a great painting, enjoy to write and teach.
Q11: What is art for you? Escaping from reality or the essence of life?
It is a way of life to me. There is nothing that could replace being creative all day. I think I have turned the “escapism” into a working concept, a therapy – and what can I say, it works!